Submitted by Website Officer on 16 January 2015 - 11:12am
By Godfrey Eliseus Massay, January 2015
The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) organized the Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa from 11 to 14 November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference carried a key theme “The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth.” This theme was selected in support of the declaration of 2014 by the African Union as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”. I attended the conference on behalf of Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) and have gathered number of key points that can be used by members of TNRF and many other actors in the country. Throughout the conference issues that relate to land tenure, sustainable large-scale investment, small-scale farming, rights of the commons and women rights were given more attention.
Submitted by Website Officer on 15 December 2014 - 11:56am
Sandawe ethnic group in central Tanzania Mainland have asked authorities to put in place measures that protect their environment, identity and culture citing economic activities by other communities that threaten their very survival.
The Sandawe who inhabit Chemba and Kondoa districts, in Dodoma Region, are predominantly a hunter-gatherer tribe who earn their living from the surrounding environment.
They said unlike in the past, their unique life and culture are at risk of disappearing owing to unabated invasion of their areas and degradation of the environment by ‘immigrants.’
The tribesmen were speaking this week during a community inception workshop on the state of land based investment and resource conflicts organized and conducted by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) at Kwamtoro Ward in the district.
Submitted by Website Officer on 12 December 2014 - 2:18pm
Following a series of land conflict related killings in several villages in the new Nchemba District, Dodoma Region, villagers and leaders in the district are calling for immediate intervention from the central government.
The villagers of Farkwa, Ovada and Kwamtoro wards have since January this year, seen at least five people ruthlessly killed and more than ten seriously injured as a result of the land conflicts.
They were speaking at the community inception workshop on ‘The state of land based investment and resource conflicts’ organised and conducted by the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) at Kwamtoro ward in the district.
Ovada ward councilor, Pius Majengo told participants from the three wards in the district that the killings occurred in different occasions at Handa and Lahoda villages in Lalta ward, and Bubutole village in Farkwa ward.